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Hi Guys

I have been super busy working on Hell Hath No Fury and Poisoned By Blood Book Three, I have the sequel to Twisted Coven is planned out and ready once I have the other two squared away.

Today I wanted to talk about the pluses of having a support network around writers, whether they be signed, freelance, those wanting to write and those who were still deciding if they truly want to be a writer.

By nature the world or writing isn’t an easy one to be in. It is fought with judgement and angst. You may be told no 20, 100, 300 times before being signed, J. K. Rowling was rejected 12 times before the Harry Potter series was signed, Stephen King’s Carrie was rejected 30 times before being published. It’s part of the job, perseverance and willing to listen to feedback are the best thing’s for a writer to have in their back pocket.

I have received some negative feed back and attention and I’ll show you a few examples and tell you on how to deal with them.

First a review from Shattered Souls

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I have redacted the name to protect the person in question. This was a bad review in a sea of four and five star reviews. I was upset when I saw this, I will admit that I did shed a tear but I realized that it was merely a troll, a person who was out to hurt as troll are. You can do nothing about trolls, nothing but ignore them and move on.

Here’s a review for Spilt Blood

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This review is constructive, meaning that instead of five words with no true meaning and are not the slightest bit helpful. They give pointers on how the books going forward can be improved and how they can be better. They advise the use of Beta readers, which is now something I do now. They do question the main characters age state that it would be better if she was older, this is something I debated on this as I wrote the book but her age is important further in the series, in book four. The comment about the ‘rushed’ feel of the book, that was purposeful as their is a serial killer around and they are hunting him before he kills too many people, they don’t really have the time to do much else. Though I think I could have done a bit more character building and relationship building.

Authors are, by nature, solitary nature and we like to work in our own cocoon but we do need a good network of support around us. I am extremely lucky that my Mum and Dad (Stepdad) have always been there, pushing me to be better. I have an awesome husband who believes in me even when I don’t believe in myself. I have an awesome publisher with Vamptasy Publishing, the website is being updated at the moment but it does show several of our awesome writers on their. I also have several fans although I’m only a beginner in this job and they are loyal and that is astounding to me. Having people around to help bring you up when you get that rejection letter or that bad review helps.

While I was lucky to get a yes early on and I love my book home and I would never change that ever in the world and I only hope that one day all authors find their book home.

Thankfully there is no negative review of Dark Side of Humanity yet nor has there been any for Twisted Coven yet, not on Amazon anyway.

I have a lot of things going on this year and I am hoping that my books grow in strength and that those who love it continue too do so. I have a group of people who seem to love my books and people that are happy to share my books on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook.

I am hoping to do a Facebook ad this weekend to help promote the books a little. I am busy, two book releases this year with more going on that are working on in the back ground hence why I’ve been quiet.

My main peaces of advise are as follows:-

  1. Take on the constructive criticism and use it going forward with more books and any re-releases.
  2. Let troll reviews slide off your back and move on.
  3. Make sure you have an awesome network around you.
  4. Don’t let rejection stop you.
  5. Learn, learn and learn. Read, read and read. Write, write and write.

I also know I need an editor as my dyslexia makes things hard work and tricky to do and I quite often miss mistakes, that’s another good thing about beta readers, they help with the process and help make things more coherent.

If there are any subjects you want me to take on please let me know and I’ll see what I can do.

Happy Writing

Simone

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“I know always that I am an outsider; a stranger in this century and among those who are still men.”
H.P. Lovecraft, The Outsider

Her footsteps echoed through the empty halls as she walked with false confidence, towards the meeting place. The wind whistling around her as it came through the abandoned high schools windows.

She had graduated from the very same high school fifteen years earlier when it was beautiful and relatively new. Being back raised memories in her she would rather forget but she wasn’t able to. She knew it was a bad idea to come back but she had no choice.

He had forced her to go back there, he knew what it would do to her but he did it anyway. The blood stained floor echoed the horrific memories that replayed in her head.

As she neared the gym her stomach threatened to empty its meagre contents as she recalled the screams she heard when she was in there. The scars from that day began to throb and became sore, almost like they feared of being reopened.

She was livid and scared. He had brought her to the location of what should have been the best day of her life but she became the worst when three of her fellow high school students began shooting out of anger because they were not able to graduate.

She had been shot twice; both gunshot wounds barely missed her major blood vessels. She was lucky but two hundred others were not so lucky. A mixture of parents, teachers, students and past graduates had lost their lives, another hundred or so were wounded and scared.

Something felt wrong to her. Why would he lure her there? Why would he use her daughter as leverage to bring her back to the now derelict town and the heart of the town’s demise?

She pushed open the heavy doors and came face to face with another horrific sight. Laid on the floor was the broken form of the man she was there to meet. She quickly, quietly walked towards the man who had tormented her for years.

She reached down and checked his pulse, he was cold and wet. Bringing her fingers to her face she could see the red sticky liquid that coated them. “Eww!” She groaned as she wiped it on her leg.

She looked around and saw the dried red puddles. Another reminder of that horrific day that was so vivid in her mind.

No one had entered the school since the criminal investigation had ended. No one cleaned up. No one wanted to see the blood.

The gym was suddenly filled with the haunting score from the original Friday 13th. She jumped, filled with panic.

She fiddled and pulled out the cell phone. The screen showed her best friends face. Her best friend had stayed at her house in case her little girl returned home.

Clicking accept she was welcomed by the calming tones of her friend.

“Jodie, she’s here, she’s home, she’s safe.”

“What? Really? She’s home?” Jodie gasped her voice shaky.

“Yeah? Is he there? Get out of there. It’s a trap.” Her friends chanted, fear thick in her voice. “I’ll call the cops and call you back.” She exclaimed and the line went dead.

“Jodie!” Called a voice, deep, chesty and gravelly. Chill travelled down her spine, Goose bumps spread over her blemish free skin. “Jodie, you came.” It whispered.

She could not pin point where it came from. It seemed to echo around her. “You don’t remember me, do you?” The voice teased. Her breath hitched. Her hands shaking as she stuffed it back in her pocket. “I’m not surprised, you were always too busy.”

She looked around but she could barely see. Jake, her little girl’s dad, lay dead at her feet at the only part of the room with light. Everywhere else was pitch black.

She reached for her phone and with shaky hands. She fumbled to unlock it, to switch on the flashlight app and cursed as she, in her panic, put her lock code in wrong and locked her phone, she couldn’t access anything. “Fuck!” She screamed in frustration.

“Now, now, now Jodie, that’s not very lady like.” The low echoed around the hall.

“Who…”

“You were always perfect. You were always so lucky. Everyone thought you were perfect. They know nothing. Even now, around others, your act perfect but alone you are evil.” Came a whisper from right behind her.

She suddenly felt like she was in the silence of the lambs where she couldn’t she but the other person can and it unsettled.

“Just answer my question, who are you?” She whispered back, her voice shaking with fear.

“You already know! You already know!”

She was shaking with fear as the panic wrapped its cold hand around her heart. “No, I don’t!” She spat back.

“Yes you do.” His voice was louder and filled with anger.

She jumped as she felt a cold wet hand wrap around her throat that snaked around her neck and squeezed, lifting her off the ground.

Her legs kicked as he moved her into the beam of light and above her ex’s body showing his face. As she was gasping for breath her eyes widened in recognition as her attackers face became illuminated by the beam. “Fuck.” She muttered while struggling for breath.

As she started to lose consciousness she came to face to face with the man she thought was dead, the man she thought was long gone; the man who was her first love and the man responsible for the school shooting that wounded her. She remembered watching him shoot himself and dying right in front of her.

It did not make any sense it confused her. Her world turned black as she lost consciousness as he restricted her breathing, she wondered if it was the end as everything turned black.

This tale is pulling me closer to it and maybe, just maybe, turn into something more.

Let me know what you think.

Happy Writing

Simone

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Hello guys,

I’ve been hard at it and the sequal to Spilt Blood has been typed up and I have started with the edits. Time to get cracking on them. I have also been working several anthology submissions, some on the saucy side, some on the scary side.

I LOVE WRITING.

best get back at it, I want to get the sequal to my boss asap so best get to it.

Happy writing

Simone

Hello Readers

Another post so soon, I know, my early New Years resolution is to keep my multiple blogs up to date, Yes multiple, Here, tumblr and TSU along with my instargram, twitter, facebook and linkedin accounts. I love my job and I am finally getting my head around they whole self promotion aspect of being a writer and sharing my tales with others.

I love the act of writing and find it relaxing. It has been something I’ve been doing since childhood, obviously my writing has evolved through the years. I recently went through some of my old writing stuff and I released how bad some of my early work is. I am finding ways of working around my damn dyslexia and the EDS is being a royal pain in the butt as my wrist, thumb and first finger are slightly out of place which makes typing a little painful but I can write long hand as its my left hand that’s not so well and I write with both but predominantly my write.

I have some things planed or my upcoming book release, some will be after Christmas and I have 11 books to give away during the release as well as a few other upcoming treats that I am currently working on, one of which includes recycling a few old books of mine.

Click here to join the release party!!

Click here to get your copy of Shattered Souls

Here’s two teaser posters, one for each current works.

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Stay Tuned for more.

Happy writing

Simone

Hello Readers

In the build up to the holiday period I could not be more busy. I have a hand full of books to read and review, promotion for Spilt Blood’s Release on December 29th, it has been postponed due to the holiday period which is fine by me, by the 29th everyone will have their Christmas vouchers and ready to spend them so today I am going to share with you a little bit more information about the book and such.

The tag line for the book is Sexy, beautiful and deadly.

It is one of a series relating to the hidden world of paranormals that include the ones you would expect such as Vampires, mages and such as well as a few others including Dark Elves, Fairies, Orcs and little known races. The first deals with the main characters life after a tragic event see’s her evicted from her only home and forced to swap the heat of the Nevada Desert for the chill of the Alaskan Icy worldiness.

Here’s the blurb to give you more information.

An alien world where paranormals exist side-by-side with humans comes out of hiding when Joslyn and her family move to Valdez. In the midst of adapting to their new life, Joslyn stumbles across two dangerous situations that she must bring to the attention of the powerful mage/vampire hybrid who leads the city’s paranormals.

Though the first is easily dealt with, the second is far more dangerous—a serial killer with a paranormal edge. Can Joslyn hold back the growing darkness within her as she and the hybrid face the dangers? Can she hold back from falling in love with the un-dead leader?

I have been working on some swag bags and I have some excellent prizes planed for the game during the online release party.

Click here you join the party!!

I’m signing off for not to get some reading done.

Have an excellent weekend and happy writing.

Simone

Hello Guys

Hope all is well. I have been working hard on Spilt blood and the stuff for the Halloween event hosted by my fellow authors at Vamptasy and CHBB. I am enjoying working hard and I’m promoting Shattered Souls in online groups with a hand full of posters. Here’s a taste.

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I love them, I’ve done a few for the release of Spilt Blood but will release them on Halloween Night along with a little something extra. I have been looking forward to this release, I love the book and while there is a love story within it there is a lot of scary an paranormal things within and as the series continues things get sexier and darker.

I am also very humbled to have you all reading this and interacting. I’m hoping to do a blog only give away when the book release, I’m not sure of the give away yet but I’m looking forward to you all reading my new release.

Stay tuned for more teaser

Happy Writing

Simone

Hello and welcome to Madness Monday

Well, what a difference a weekend makes. Over the last four day’s several things have happened. First was some sound advice for a fellow author into how to make the most of my brand, which is me and what to do.

So what have I done? I have created a logo for myself, and created a banner and put out feelers for some head shots and once response to my searched have given me cause some excitement, they also work as a journalist for the local paper here in York and he’s mentioned about the possibility of doing a piece on me. I also contacted my university to update my information and tell them a few minor things and they’ve sent me some stuff to full in that may end up on either the course booklets, promotional material and the website.

Also I have been introduced to picmonkey and I’ve been getting pictures ready for the Halloween even. I am thinking about sharing my pictures on here. Most are spooky and I have a few I love more than others.

Comment below on what you want to see.

Click here to get your copy of Shattered Souls

Have a brilliant day

Happy Writing

Simone

Hi
I have been hard at it today, helping my friend Sandra with her wordpress blog and writing up my ekphrasis home work ready for class on friday.
I’ve done four pieces with at least another two to do. Plus my writng class booklet is almost completed. Lookinf forward to christmas then I can relax.
Will put some of the Ekphrasis pieces up, yes they are scary, sick and twisted, just like you like them.

Stay tuned
Simone